Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Story!

So I completed my first short story of the year. Hooray! I am currently typing it up -- being a hand-written kind of guy -- and it's breaking 2000 words right now with plenty to go and plenty of room for expansion.

 It's tentatively titled, "The Temple of Guayna Tuampa" and takes place in the same world as my "Empress of the Danforthe" stories. It was a challenge on one of the websites I participate in to write a story in alternate history Earth that included dragons. So I wrote about a temple-busting explorer who encounters a dragon in a temple in South America. It's a pretty romping good time.

 I'm working as hard as ever on the new Milwaukee Writers Workshop venture. I.E., it's a business now (or will be very shortly) and so it's a bit of a mentality shift to go from "Oh, this is just a fun group I run" to "Hey, this is a business, and I need to treat it professionally." Not that I wasn't professional before, but it's a big change, and I think it'll put a good light on us for the future and help our potential. It's exciting nonetheless, and we've got some good help with a new intern who's very capable.

 On a side note, the revisions to "The Mechanics of Man" -- my steampunk rewrite of the infamous "charles" novel -- have been going very well, and I am nearly through the entirety of Book One with my additions and rewrites.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year, 2012

It's a new year, and it's going to be a big one.

 The Milwaukee Writers Workshop will soon (i.e. this week) be a full-on business with dues and a budget. Oh man! It's going to be hectic and wonderful all at the same time. It's also going to allow us to do a lot more, provide a lot more, and expand in the future.

 In writing news, I've been working on a NaNo-driven rewrite of my infamous "Charles novel," now tentatively titled "The Mechanics of Man." It's a 12-year-old project, and it's given me a lot of trouble over the years, but I finally extracted what I think is the most intriguing aspects of the story and woven a nice plot. So I am excited for that.

 I also started a graphic novel project with an artist for the steampunk series I started after CONvergence in July. That's exciting.

 Lastly, I will be starting up the new science fiction short story analysis blog shortly, along with a host of good friends and stellar writers. Keep an out for that, as I'll certainly plug it here.

 Happy New Year!